Following a productive meeting at the J with my amazing co-workers in marketing, I came across a smiley face in the cultural arts office. She introduced herself as “Sharon” and I couldn’t help but notice the picture of the sweetest baby boy hanging over her desk. She was kind and pleasant to talk to, and I looked forward to learning more about her to write this article.
Sharon told me a little bit about herself. She hails from Sunnyvale, Ca, right in the heart of Silicon Valley. Seems like a perfect place for such a sunny, happy person!
Sharon attended college to be a stage manager at Southern Oregon University. Right after college, she moved to DC for an internship with Theater J. She met her husband, Jesse, while working at the J and ended up staying in the area. In 2016, she got her Masters in Management from George Mason University and gave birth to a baby boy! She now resides in Petworth, DC with Jesse, Baby Marty (Martin) and their cat, Ginny.
When asked what she loves most about working at the J, I wholeheartedly agree with her answer. She enjoys high fiving the babies as they come by for their walks! How can you not? And, her office is situated in the perfect place for this — adjacent to the lobby!
At the J, Sharon works with Sarah Berry, Cultural Art Director, to produce cultural programs. Together, they strive to bring the best in performing visual, literary, and cinematic arts programming to the J. Sharon hopes to use her background in performing arts to help bring new and exciting programming to the J.
Although she is very familiar with the Jewish community in other areas, Sharon is fairly new to the Northern Virginia Jewish community. She is happy to know that there is a vibrant and active community here that has welcomed her with open arms.
Be sure to say hi to Sharon next time you’re at the J!